In the studio: Monica

26 02 2019

Just finished a really fun photo session with Monica. She works at an Apple store and when I saw her the first time, she had her hair pulled back and I thought to myself, “she sure would make a great photo subject.” The next time I saw her, she had her hair loose and natural like this and I was compelled to ask her to pose for me. I’m so thankful she did, because we just got some really great shots. She’s never modeled before, but she’s a natural at it. More shots to come! (Thanks for modeling for me, Monica. I’m so pleased with the results!) Nikon D850 and 85mm Nikkor lens

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In the studio: Bess

10 06 2015

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In the studio: Noah

10 06 2015

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Noah 4up





Random re-post: Nicole

6 11 2013

Originally posted 12.12.2009

One of my favorite portrait subjects—Nicole. 35mm slide scanned by ScanCafe.com

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Scenes from a wedding: Shelly & Matt 3.16.2013

9 04 2013

Shelly is the daughter of my friend, Sandy, in Huntsville, Alabama. Michael and I had the honor of photographing the wedding in Huntsville at Burritt on the Mountain, a beautiful park overlooking the city. Below is a collage of photos captured leading up to the event. More to come!

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Matt & Shelly, 3.16.2013

23 03 2013

Michael and I drove to Huntsville, Alabama last weekend to photograph Shelly and Matt’s wedding. The venue was Burritt on the Mountain, overlooking the city. The venue was spectacular, the weather was picture-perfect, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more photogenic or happier couple anywhere! We took advantage of a lovely sunset right after the ceremony to create some portraits of the bride and groom. More photos to come…

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Franck & Kris

29 10 2012

On Saturday, September 29, I photographed Franck and Kris’ wedding, held at their home on a lovely fall afternoon. The entire event was pretty unique, very laid back and a lot of fun.

Franck and Kris each have two sons who served as attendants. The most memorable moment—Franck’s eldest son piloted a remote control helicopter around and over the guests during the ceremony and it delivered the rings to the bride and groom. He had been practicing all week and Franck told me before the ceremony that he wasn’t sure if Kris would give final approval for this unorthodox delivery of the rings, but at the very last minute she agreed!

The officiant was Kris’ very tall brother, who wore a bright orange suit—I heard that it was custom made and had something to do with celebrity Johnny Knox but I didn’t get the entire story. And finally, the bride wore a bejeweled black evening gown (a first in all the more than 100 weddings I’ve photographed), but it worked beautifully for this event and she is very photogenic as is her handsome husband! Once the music started, the dance floored was filled and stayed that way the entire evening with a very lively bunch of guests. Hats off to Franck and Kris for creating a memorable and very personalized special day for their family and friends!

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Published on www.relix.com!

19 10 2012

My friend and freelance writer, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap for http://www.relix.com about the Kathy Mattea concert we saw at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on September 26. One of my photographs accompanies her recap! I photographed Kathy Mattea with Nancy after the concert (at right).

Check out Nancy’s recap of the concert here and see more of her work on her website here. Thanks for the exposure, Nancy!





Tina & Tom Hamblin: Taking the Plunge

14 01 2012

Tina and Tom Hamblin are featured on the cover of the January/February 2012 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

HLAA member Tina contacted me in fall 2010 after seeing the wedding photos I shot for Todd and Abbie Hlavacek in September 2010. Todd and Abbie are also members of HLAA and Abbie wrote her cover story for the May/June 2008 issue of the magazine. Learn how I found Abbie here. Read about her Hearing Loss Magazine debut here and see the fun glamour shots I did of her and her cousin Patty after our cover photo session here. See some of the wedding photos I shot of their wedding at the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey here, here, and here.

I first met Tina and Tom when they arrived for their engagement photo session at my favorite location to shoot, Green Spring Gardens, in Alexandria, VA this past spring. After we did our portraits around the garden, Tom started doing cartwheels (he’s a gymnastics coach) and I captured him in full motion—making it the first time I’ve ever photographed someone doing anything gymnastic. I captured him in his wedding finery doing some handstands and cartwheels on his wedding day as well!

My colleague Ed and I photographed Tina and Tom’s wedding on October 8, 2011 in Kurtz Beach, Maryland. They were blessed with a truly beautiful fall day in a lovely setting alongside the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll be posting a full collage of images from that event shortly, so stay tuned!

I asked Tina and Tom if they would write a sort of “his and her” story for the magazine about their respective hearing loss, how they met, and how they support each other. “Taking the plunge,” the title of their article, refers to both the  turning point in their friendship and their recent marriage.

They were introduced to each other by Fran, a CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) reporter whom Tina met while attending Towson University. Fran told Tina about Tom and suggested they meet. They became fast friends and in late 2005, Tom asked Tina to attend the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point Park in Annapolis in January 2006. According to Tina, “I accepted because I wanted to watch Tom plunge in the freezing water. However, he told me that no spectators were allowed—which I later found out wasn’t true! Basically he was telling me that I had to also take the plunge in the freezing water. So, I called his bluff and went with him, took the plunge, and raised some money for the Special Olympics. Tom and I went out on a date that night and we have been together ever since!” Tina is a bilateral cochlear implant wearer and Tom wears hearing aids. He proposed to her two days before her first cochlear implant surgery.

The cover photo is an image I shot at Green Spring Gardens last spring that they used it as their engagement portrait. I think they did a great job on their collaborative writing effort and we’re very pleased to feature them in the magazine.

You can find Tina blog’s at www.yougottabelievehonornot.blogspot.com and Tom’s all-things-gymnastic blog is at tumbletech11.blogspot.com. They can be reached via e-mail at hamblinfamily@ymail.com.

Their cover story is available in pdf format here: Tom&TinaHamblin Feature





The Orphaned Images Project: Ladies who lunch

19 10 2011

Learn more about my ongoing series, The Orphaned Images Project, here and see more orphaned images here.





Iron Chef Bobby Flay and the Sneeze Guard Heiress

21 09 2011

This afternoon Barbara and I went to the Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, MD for a booksigning by Iron Chef and author Bobby Flay at the Williams-Sonoma store. You can learn more about Bobby Flay here.

I have watched every season of the Next Food Network Star, so it was fun to meet one of the judges/hosts in person. Unlike a few well-prepared line-waiters, we did not bring a folding chair. That would have come in so handy. We did get a chance to sample several things from the cookbook—Williams-Sonoma salespeople brought around samples of a pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, chives and cranberry-maple creme fraiche (delicious!), a red velvet cupcake (good!), hot potato chips with blue cheese sauce (yum!), and apple chopped salad with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette (really, really tasty!).

We stood in line beginning about 1:00 p.m. until we finally got into the store to meet him and have him sign our copies of his latest book, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. How’s that for perseverance? The last image I shot was time stamped 15:34:36, so we waited exactly 2 hours, 34 minutes and 36 seconds to get the photo of Barbara and Bobby below! Barbara did get a chance to mention to Bobby that she is a Sneeze Guard Heiress (to learn more about that story, click here). Barbara had him sign my book as well, but I had to get the shots! At last count, there were more than 200 copies sold when we made our way through the chain in the store. (Jeff Evans—you would be happy to know that Bobby shares your love of black and white Converse sneakers. He be stylin’!) Check out Barbara’s blog, Kelley Hospitality, here.





The Orphaned Images Project: Gone fishin’

21 09 2011

Written around the edges of this photo:

7:30 A.M. In a few minutes he is off with a “fishing only” on a gasoline launch.

Archivist note: Hmmm….





The Orphaned Images Project: School children

21 09 2011

Written on the back of this photo (I’m assuming the names go right to left in placement in the photo):

Loretta
Beverly
Clifford
Leighton
Harold
Junior





The Orphaned Images Project: Olive and me

21 09 2011

Written on the back of this photo:

They were taken one Sunday morning & we put on something to make us look foolish. Please notice our hats. Olive and I and they do look funny, don’t they?





Praise from the King of Texas

30 06 2011

In response to my recent posting, Six degrees of separation, my father (aka The King of Texas), offered this comment below:

A beautiful magazine, professional in every respect, and I am very pleased to have been part of its creation—a part perhaps no bigger than a mustard seed as your grandmother Hester might say, but still a part of the whole.

Moonlighting as your father? Moonlighting?

Being your father has always been and will always be a full time job. All those years since you stubbornly insisted at birth in presenting the soles of your feet to the world first instead of your head, have been a full time job. I will admit, however, although presented last instead of first, your head was beautifully rounded, and certain features such as the temporarily flat noses that were presented by your siblings at birth were absent in your case. The flat noses were caused by the long slide, of course, and soon rebounded.

My moonlighting since then has consisted of incidental tasks such as making a living to keep food on the table and shoes on everybody’s feet, assisting my country in losing two wars—Korea and Vietnam—working overtime to staunch the flow of illegal narcotics and illegal aliens into the US, detouring harmful plants, animals and vegetables away from our fields, cities and tables and documenting the outflow and inflow of US citizens.

Yep, I had a full time job just trying to keep up with you, an effort in which I failed miserably. Six degrees of separation? That leaves some 354 degrees of separation between your mastery of so many varied skills and my success in trying to emulate them, so much separation that I officially surrender.

I give up, but I am exhilarated by the fact that you could not have done any of them without me. I take full credit for your creation—okay, half the credit—okay, okay, let’s just say that I suggested to your mother that we should have a second child—I guess one could say that I planted the seed, so to speak. Of course, I only suggested that to her after she announced that she was again in the family way—folks didn’t use the word pregnancy back in those days—they said in the family way.

Nice work—kudos to you and Barbara for an outstanding publication.





In the studio: Robert

3 05 2011

I met Rob this past fall when we were looking for a new sofa. He was a salesman at the RoomStore where we eventually found our new furniture (which was already discounted because it was being discontinued, but he negotiated an even better price after I did some hard bargaining—with a bit of whining added for good measure—thanks, Rob)!  I told him that he reminded me of Will Smith (he says he gets that a lot) and when I asked if he would be interested in modeling for me, he said he just happened to need head shots. He’s an aspiring actor and is studying drama at a local community college. Now that I’ve photographed him, I think he’s a cross between Will Smith, Chris Rock and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (on The Cosby Show, well before the dreadlocks!)

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Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor

6 04 2011

A live oak tree is reflected in etched glass windows at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin campus

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Greg & Holly

9 03 2011

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The Orphaned Images Project: Ladies in hats

8 03 2011





Holly

8 03 2011

I shot this portrait of Holly with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm micro lens, and a Nikon Speedlight SB-800 with a RayFlash ringlight attached.

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Isabel & Holly

3 03 2011

I had a fantastic mini-vacation with my friend Gina this past weekend. We flew to Dallas early Sunday morning, then drove to Bossier City, Louisiana to surprise her mother for her 69th birthday. It was a whirlwind, spontaneous three days and I shot lots of photos of people, places and things. This photo below was from a quick session on Monday evening. I photographed her cousin Greg and his family at their home—below is his wife Holly and daughter Isabel. It was an impromptu shoot with just my D300, Nikkor 18-70 lens, a Nikon Speedlight attached to a RayFlash ringlight and a bare office wall serving as a background—but with lovely models like these two, I couldn’t help but get a few good images. In many of the photos Isabel is a deadringer for a young Reese Witherspoon! More photos from their session to come…

In upcoming posts, I’ll have some photos and stories gathered on our road trip. Our three-day adventure concluded with an awe-inspiring tour in Shreveport of CRM Studios, a video and audio production company where Greg is the Director of Broadcast Production, as well as Moonbot Studios, the home of Bill Joyce, whose latest project is the short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (which, as a self-admitted biblioholic, I cannot wait to see—the short will be available as an iPad download next month!). Joyce is an author, illustrator and leader in the digital animation industry and was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the 100 people to watch. Projects based on his works have been translated into feature films and television shows, including Robots and Meet the Robinsons, and the Emmy-winning series Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. Wish we could have met Joyce during our tour, but we did get a brief glimpse of the studio where all the animation magic happens! (Thanks so much for the special tour, Greg!)

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The Orphaned Images Project: Texas bride

29 01 2011





The Orphaned Images Project: Little girl in gingham dress

4 01 2011

This is an ambrotype (circa 1854) housed in a Union Case, commonly used for ambrotype photos from the mid 1850s – 1870s. The left side of the case is made of velvet and the metal around the photos is s soft gold-colored alloy called pinchbeck. The outside of the case is made from a compound of sawdust and shellac, which allows elaborate patterns to be created. The image is hand tinted pink on the little girl’s cheeks and the frame has a cover (with a red velvet interior) much like the images in this link here.





More scenes from a wedding

17 11 2010

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Lisa and Hilary

13 11 2010

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After the rain…

15 09 2010

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Published!

3 08 2010

A few months ago, I mentioned I had a fun shoot assignment for Gallaudet University Press. Today, my Hearing Loss Magazine editor, Barbara, e-mailed me the link to this book cover and asked if this is the one I had shot.

Turns out the photo was being used for the cover of Sara Laufer Batinovich’s book, Sound Sense: Living and Learning with Hearing Loss, to be released in October! I think the cover turned out great—love the clean silhouette treatment of the model. I’ve been published on lots of trade and professional association magazine covers and interiors, but this is my first stock shoot for a book cover.

While I haven’t met Sara in person, I have corresponded with her via e-mail and have done layouts on an article or two that she has written for the magazine. It was cool to find out the photo was to be used on the cover of a book authored by a Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) member and someone I just happen to know! If you’re interested in learning more about Sara’s book, click here.





Tuesday’s tabby

23 06 2010

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Assignment stock project with Margot

2 05 2010

This weekend I photographed Margot again for a book cover assignment. She has never modeled before, but she takes direction beautifully! Check out my first photo session with her on these links:

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/margot-again/

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/margot/

https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/and-finally/

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Regina

2 05 2010

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